Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Teaching in a Time of Hate and Violence

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on February 18, 2018 in Catching Homelessness
In the wake of yet another school shooting and another college campus violent white nationalist event, what are the limits to free speech and firearms in terms of education?
Zimmerman family, used with permission

Requiem For a Sleepwalker

A family seeks help after a sleepwalker's tragic drowning.

Mass Shooting and the Myth of the Violent Mentally Ill

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on February 18, 2018 in Minding the Mind
Are mass shooters mentally ill? We should not assume that they are.

What Can You Do for Adolescents Exposed to Traumatic Events?

Trauma & Grief-Focused Group Therapy may provide adolescents a shared outlet for healing.

How to Spot Covert Abusers

By Craig Malkin Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Romance Redux
Covert abuse is very real. And some personalities are more apt to perpetrate it.

Is "Evidence-Based" Off Base?

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on February 15, 2018 in In Therapy
Is our evidence-based therapy bias hurting or helping? An interview with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati.

Do Psychiatric Service Dogs Really Help Veterans with PTSD?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Animals and Us
A new study by researchers at Purdue University offers the first empirical evidence that veterans with PTSD benefit from having a psychiatric service dog.

Talking to Kids About Shootings

By Elaine Shpungin Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Peacemeal
Help kids deal with tragedy through four suggestions for empowerment and support.

Stigma Surrounds HIV-Positive Children in China

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 15, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
Many infected individuals are suffering severe ostracism and discrimination.

Why Do Veterans Have Issues with Sex and Intimacy?

By Meaghan Mobbs on February 14, 2018 in The Debrief
Why do vets have issues with sex and intimacy? The conversation that needs to be happening but isn't.

The Deadly Flow of Opioids

Opioids work (until they don’t): they are an immensely effective means of alleviating physical and psychic pain, as well as social malaise and ennui.

Well Being and Trauma

By Stanton Peele Ph.D. on February 13, 2018 in Addiction in Society
A national guide to addressing trauma, and an assessment of how we are doing.

Staying in Control Can Help You Live Longer

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 12, 2018 in Media Spotlight
While exposure to trauma is something that everyone faces sooner or later (and often more than once), the key to survival often rests on how much control people feel they have.

Why Racial Violence Keeps Us Trapped In Fear

is racial violence going to disappear? What are the disadvantages to racial violence? Defining racial violence
loganban / 123RF Stock Photo

What Makes It So Hard to Walk Away from a Bad Situation?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 10, 2018 in Off the Couch
Whether from a broken relationship or harassment at work, why do we have such difficulties saying, “this isn’t working for me” and just walking away from a painful situation?

To Heal a Wounded Heart: Pilar Jennings' Daring Experiment

By Mark Matousek on February 08, 2018 in Ethical Wisdom
When the New York psychotherapist invited her friend, a kindly Tibetan lama, to help her with an especially difficult case, the results were remarkable

When Past Romantic Trauma Damages Your Current Relationship

Here are 4 ways to assess if your past romantic trauma is getting triggered in your current relationship and how to start processing the original trauma.

Eric Clapton on Healing From Trauma

"It ain't about what I want, it's about what I can give."

How a Book Helped Me Get My Brain Back

By Chantal Sicile-Kira on February 06, 2018 in The Autism Advocate
Know someone suffering from a concussion or MTBI? Learning about neuroplasticity and reading The Ghost In My Brain might offer hope and practical insight for treatment.

Frightening Episodes of Child Abuse

I was thinking about the torture parents, David and Louise Turpin and their thirteen children, and Larry Nassar, the pedophile doctor who preyed on hundreds of innocent girls.

Aziz Ansari, 100 French Women, "Witch Hunts" and Backlash

By Shaili Jain M.D. on February 05, 2018 in The Aftermath of Trauma
It dawned on me that a crucial piece has been missing from the public discourse about #MeToo: the hard-earned knowledge of scientists who have, recently, studied sexual harassment

How a Tiny Cluster of Deep Brain Cells Drives Avoidance

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on February 05, 2018 in ExperiMentations
Neuroscientists have identified key cells in the deep brain which are activated by anxiety and selectively direct fear-based behaviors.

4 Strategies for Families Facing Addiction

Hardly any family member, friend or co-worker is spared knowing someone with addiction. What can you do to help?
Dietmar Rabich/wikimedia commons

Addicted to Thrills

By Elizabeth Young on February 04, 2018 in Adaptations
“Whoa!” Rocco exclaims. Eleanor looks away. Ed flinches. India maintains her smiling gaze, but I see her back press against her wheelchair, braced against that speed.

After a Loss: How Do I Protect Myself?

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 03, 2018 in Fixing Families
Relationship losses can be traumatic. When they are, we seek safety and develop a plan to protect us from feeling the pain again. Some tips on navigating these difficult times.

The Consequences of Speaking Truth to Power

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on February 02, 2018 in Catching Homelessness
What the case of Larry Nassar can teach us about the consequences of speaking truth to power, as well as those of staying silent.

When Perpetrators Are Also Victims

What happens when the perpetrator is also a victim of human trafficking? Understanding the complexities that a trauma-informed approach affords—and why it is so critical.

Clear the Emotional Clutter: Döstädning, Feng Shui, Kintsugi

We’ve been reading a lot about feng shui for quite some time, but recently, "death cleaning," and kintsugi have caught people's attention.

Firefighters Fight Stress as First Responders

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on February 01, 2018 in Talking About Trauma
Many suffer in silence as stigma prevents firefighters from accessing support.

All You Need Is Love. Plus.

Happiness and psychological health are intertwined to such a degree, we can consider them to be almost congruent. Discover for yourself toxins that harm and nutrients you need.